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Old 01-16-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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My husband and I are selling our business (in Utah) and moving to Eugene, Oregon to semi-retire. We want to build a 5 star Senior Manufactured Home Park. Does anyone know if there is an interest for this type of community in Eugene? Thanks for your input.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I don't know about Eugene. There is one in Bend and the only thing I know about it is that prices in there don't drop like prices on most manufactured homes drop (like an overweight stone), which must mean that it has been well received and is desirable.

I suggest that you phone the sellers of manufactured homes and ask them directly. They will know who their buyers are and how many parks and what type of parks are in the area.

You might find it difficult to buy land properly zoned for a mobile home park. Don't buy first and hope to get a zoning change. Also check into Oregon landlord tenant law as it concerns mobile home parks. It is very difficult to get a tenant out of a mobile home park (the owner of the trailer, not just a regular renter who doesn't own)
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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The property values have made Mobil/Manufactured home parks not cost effective in the Eugene area. Many are being closed to make the land available to developers. I have no idea how a new one would fare, or where you would find the land to put one on.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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Default Thanks so much

Thank you both for your replies. I will definately call the manufacturers for their opinions.

Since we are also retiring, we wanted to live in a senior community with ammenities that would be useful to us, so we thought it might be a good idea to invest in one.

Again, thanks for your replies.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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In most communities in Oregon, there are exceptionally nice Senior Centers. You might be able to buy a house within walking distance of the Senior Center and then open a different type of business.

I'm only familiar with the 2 senior centers closest to where I live, but, gosh, are they full of nice people and lots of activities going on.

Also, there are "over 55" communities, where no one can buy or rent unless they are over 55 years old. However, in Oregon, most of our seniors are out running the hiking trails and racing in the bicycle races, and not playing bridge with the other old fogies.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:40 PM
 
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Also, there are "over 55" communities, where no one can buy or rent unless they are over 55 years old. However, in Oregon, most of our seniors are out running the hiking trails and racing in the bicycle races, and not playing bridge with the other old fogies.
I've actually talked to the woman who manages the above-mentioned 5-star park in Bend, called Cascade Village Homes. She said that their park skews heavily toward the 55-65 active hiking, cycling, and skiing crowd, not the old shuffleboard demographic. I'm considering moving to Bend or Eugene at some point (have to figure out if I want dry and cold or wet and cool ), but I've decided I'll probably just look for a small home rather than a manufactured home, even though the park in Bend is really beautiful.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:52 PM
 
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Default Would prefer senior only living.

Oregonwoodsmoke: Senior Centers are nice but I'd rather live within a senior community. I'd like a place where I can go to the pool/hot tub with my "own kind" or take an exercise class with my neighbor and never have to get into a car. I just thought that if that's the kind of community I'd prefer, then maybe there were other people.


Ukiyo-e: My husband and I looked into Cascade in Bend also. It's very nice but we're coming from High-desert and would rather have Eugene's green surroundings. And, yes, we would prefer an "active" living community. But with the peace, quiet and safety that a private, senior community offers. And, of course, as we age, a park setting would be nicer (to us) than living in a regular neighborhood or condo-type.


There must be a desire for these types of communities; they fill up quite fast and seldom have vacancies.


I sure appreciate input from anyone, especially anyone who lives in a senior manufactured community now. It's difficult (and stressful) to uproot, move to a new state and start a new business at our age.

Thanks again.
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